Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Happiness Is...


The story behind this picture is this:

Every day - at the same time - she waits for him.

He comes... and they go for a walk.

Great to have friends like this. No words needed.
They just intuitively recognize the value of each
other in their lives and act accordingly.
Happiness is having a friend to walk with.........

I have to post something positive today folks.  Too much drama lately on this blog.  

 I'm even more convinced that I made the right decision to have radiation therapy for my prostate cancer. I'm still not sure whether I'll have seed implant or the prolonged fifteen week, five days a week short term radiation sessions.  Yesterday I made an appointment on February 27th with the oncology unit for my introduction to this procedure.  One good thing, the location where the therapy is just a few miles down the road from my house.  

All this is still heavy on my mind but at least I was able to get to sleep last night unlike a few nights ago when I couldn't get to sleep.  At that time I went to bed having made the decision to have my prostate removed.  I just couldn't go that route which is what my inner self was telling me be keeping me up all night.  

On to better and lighter subjects now.  I've dwelt long enough on my health problems in this blog.  I saw this series of photos this morning which uplifted me.  Maybe some of you have already seen it but I think it is well worth sharing again.  

Have a great day!




20 comments:

  1. Ron, I hope you know that you have many friends that will walk along with you on this road, just like the old friends in the delightful photo series you shared today. We'll be praying for you and Bill.

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    1. Thank you Laurel. Stressful times here. I have to get back to my old self.

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  2. I'm loving those friends!

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    1. Bob,

      I love those feline and canine friends too. Wish I could have some right now. They are great therapy.

      Ron

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  3. Ron, as my better half said, you'll have people walking along with you. Your treatment plan will get solidified, and you'll have timeframes. This will make it much less of a "big nebulous unknown."

    BTW, that kitty in the pictures looks a lot like Molly, our other cat.

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    1. Sean,

      I'll be more comfortable once I get into a routine again. Looking forward to getting my life back to normal. This prostate thing actually has been hanging over my head for over a year now.

      Ron

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    2. That's exactly what will happen when your treatment starts. It will become part of your routine.

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    3. Sean,

      And I'll be glad. This uncertainty isn't good for me.


      Ron

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  4. getting closer to spo time; that's a positive thought!

    another positive thought: you are bigger than the illness, so crush it like a cockroach!

    number three: have a big bowl of (insert fave comfort food item here) just because YOU CAN!

    :)

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    1. Anne Marie,

      You're right, I am bigger than this newest challenge. I was getting a little down but now that my cold is on the rebound (didn't help having a bad cold when I had to make my decision), I'm feeling more like my old self. Don't forget, we're meeting at the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 5th. Yesterday I learned that four other friends will also be there. I told them I already had a lunch date, with you and Don! I'll see them at the flower show.

      Ron

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  5. No need to apologize for writing about your health problems. We all care, and it's also a learning experience. I'm positive that you made the right decision - - and it's great that the location for the therapy is only a few miles away.

    The photos of Kitty and Pooch are fantastic. It is indeed the story of a great friendship that doesn't need words. That cat looks similar to mine - - only my cat definitely wouldn't take a walk with a dog!

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    1. Jon,

      Seeing those photos of Kitty and Pooch came at just the right time. I was starting to feel a little down. Friends definitely do make difference.

      You have a lot of friends here in Blogger World who care about you too. We're all waiting for you to break out of the dusty plains of Texas.

      Ron

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  6. You have to take one step at a time, trust the radiations and hope for the best. You will be fine Ron. It is very scary but so many men are going through the same process, you have to live in the moment and be optimistic about this life's lesson.
    All your friends are with you on this journey. Stressful times but the Spo-party is happening very soon. We are all looking forward to it.

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    1. Nadage,

      You're right, this is a "one step at a time" process. I've talked to many men who have gone through radiation and all have had success and are still alive. I do live each day to the fullest.

      I appreciate your concern and support. It means a lot to me.

      Ron

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  7. keeping up some upbeat and positive aspects will be good for your cancer treatments, or so I believe.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      I feel myself slipping into a depressed state so this morning I gathered my items together for the Blogger Meet-a-Thon in March and my spirits were immediately lifted. This event is shaping up to be one fantastic event which everyone will remember for a long time. Thanks to Cubby for coming up with the idea.

      Ron

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  8. Anonymous6:44 AM

    Ron, Is it possible to have the radiation and then still have the option of removing the prostate later? Does radiation rule out this option? I am praying for you and that you will have guidance and peace in your decisions. Lynne

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    1. Lynn,

      I understand it is harder to remove the prostate after radiation. From what I read, radiation pretty much rules out using this option later on. Everyone I've talked to who has had radiation is doing fine including two men who had it 23 and 26 years ago. However, more than 3/4's of the men I've talked to have had incontinence complications of varying lengths of time. Only two didn't have that problem. That's not an gamble I want to take. Thank you for your concern.

      Ron

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  9. Ron,

    Animals form those allegiances all the time you know. Glad to hear your cold is beginning to lift. I took a walk this morning for the first time in about two weeks. A walk always lifts the spirits, as you know. We're praying for you, Ron. You'll be fine.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,

      I'll be glad when I can start my daily walks again. Also when I can begin my treatments and get my life back to a normal routine.

      Ron

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